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Why Self-Driving Cars Might Make People Sick

Discussion in 'General Rideshare Forum' started by Dreamer, Apr 14, 2015.

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  1. Dreamer

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    Remember back when virtual reality was being touted as the Next Big Thing – the first time around? Videogame maker Sega developed a mass-market head-tracking VR system and showed it to reporters and industry representatives with great fanfare at the 1993 winter Consumer Electronics Show. It performed as advertised, carried an affordable $200 price tag and was set to launch the following year.

    Unfortunately, among other issues, testers reportedly developed headaches and motion sickness using the headset and the system was quietly shelved.

    A report just issued by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, suggests a similar problem could befall those riding in autonomous-driving cars. According to the study’s authors Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, that’s because the three main factors that trigger motion sickness – specifically, a conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, an inability to anticipate the direction of motion and a lack of control over the direction of motion – tend to be elevated in self-driving vehicles.

    The report suggests between six and 10 percent of Americans riding in autonomous vehicles would be expected to always, or at least usually, suffer some degree of motion sickness. What’s more, the frequency and severity suffered can be expected to vary depending on what an occupant is doing at the time instead of driving. Those reading, watching movies or television, texting and working while on autopilot should suffer the most motion sickness, while those who steadfastly keep their eyes on the road are likely to endure the least measure of discomfort.

    https://www.yahoo.com/autos/why-self-driving-cars-might-make-people-sick-116069535887.html
     
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    Why would Travis care? It will make him rich.

    Driverless cars are coming, I reckon 5 years.
     
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    PEEEEEEEYEWWWWWW!
    HORRORS, a Vomitous Filled
    Self-Driving Vehicle, with Weather
    Guard Floorliners filled to the
    Scuppers with Fermenting BioStew!
     
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    DOLLARS TO DONUTS: King Hubris
    "catches a bullet" before the Self-
    Drive Xers see The Opera House!
     
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